By Dave Malaska
The Bluebirds battled one of the top teams in the state but fell, 2-0, on second-half goals in the final of the Lexington Catholic Cup on Saturday night in Lexington.
Highlands keeper Sarah Owen made five saves on the night, but Sacred Heart finally scored 19 minutes into the second half when junior Lauryn Westman found the back corner of the goal from 20 yards out.
The Valkyries added a late goal as Highlands stretched its defense trying to tie the game.
Owen, Allyson Bridewell and Taylor Vaughn were named to the all-tournament team for the Bluebirds.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOALS: SH—Westman, Lindner. RECORDS: Highlands 4-5-3, Sacred Heart 9-0-1.
NOTRE DAME 2, LEXINGTON CATHOLIC 0 — Junior striker Mandy Arnzen scored two goals as the Pandas claimed third place in the Lexington Catholic Cup.
Arnzen headed in a Maddie Tierney corner kick in the first half, then scored off a Megan Berberich in the second half to pace NDA to the win.
Courtney Hansel and Maddy Kim combined for eight saves in goal to get the shutout.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: ND—Arnzen 2. RECORDS: Notre Dame 9-2-2, Lexington Catholic 7-6.
CONNER 3, CLARK COUNTY 3 — The Cougars rallied from a 3-1 deficit late to earn their second-straight tie behind sophomore Carly Noel's three-goal effort.
HALFTIME: Clark County, 2-1. GOALS: C—Noel 3. RECORDS: Conner 2-8-2, Clark County 4-3-2.
BEECHWOOD 6, WALTON-VERONA 0 — Senior keeper Cara Schwartz logged her fifth shutout of the year as the Tigers offense peppered the goal. Senior Jessica Schilling led the way with a pair of goals for Beechwood.
HALFTIME: 4-0. GOALS: B—Williams, Pawsatt, J. Schilling 2, M. Schilling, Scott. SHUTOUT: Schwartz (6 saves). RECORDS: Beechwood 6-6-3, Walton-Verona 3-7.
SIMON KENTON 6, ANDERSON COUNTY 0 — Sophomore Mallory Valentine scored two goals as the Pioneers breezed past the Bearcats. Abby Thatcher logged her fourth shutout of the season in goal, making six saves to blank Anderson.
HALFTIME: 1-0n. GOALS: SK—Valentine 2, Crawford, Cahill, Chambers, Morris. SHUTOUT: Thatcher (6 saves). RECORDS: Simon Kenton 7-5-2, Anderson 3-8-2.
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